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COMPETITION NO. 40: UNEXPECTED GOP CANDIDATES. Please suggest the newest person to join the growing 2016 GOP field, and supply a platform plank or slogan. For example:
WALTER WHITE: “The small-business expert.”
ADAM SAVAGE & JAMIE HYNEMAN: “We can’t wait to blow up a whole country!”
BILL BELICHICK: “I’ll keep inflation down.”
Enter on Twitter with the hashtag #unexpectedGOPcandidates, or in the comments thread below, by February 4.
RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 39, “NOW IN CUBA!” in which you were asked to describe a company now opening in its newest market, 90 miles to the south.
HONORABLE MENTION TO:
Taco Bell Havana: Think outside the bun, but not outside state-mandated parameters.
Logic: Now offering electronic cigars.
Clairol: Only your hairdresser knows for sure…and your government!
HURT—Havana Underground Rapid Transit. Don’t worry, we’ll open a second station in the near future.
Yanqui Candle—With new scents of Mojito Morn, Fresh Sugarcane, and Faint Whiff of Progress.
McDonald’s Cuba: Bringing you American obesity at affordable prices.
COMINTERN Intern Labor Staffing Solutions.
Jet Ski: Be ready next time there’s a regime change.
Starbucks’ new Havana location is now featuring its Miami Batista blend: rich and dense, with a bitter finish.
Fidel Express; When it absolutely, positively has to get there eventually.
De Beers recommends spending at least twenty years’ salary on a suitable engagement ring. Because: A Diamond Takes Forever.
Diebold: Electronic voting machines to ensure the next century of democratic rule by the people’s (only) party.
Major League Baseball: We’ll save you the trip!
Weight Watchers: Reach your goal weight by reducing calorie consumption to a strict weekly amount, as indicated on your government-issued food ration card.
Blockbuster: You guys still have VCRs, right?
AND THE WINNER IS:
Bitcoin Cuba: Combining two things most Americans pretend to, but don’t really, understand.
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It’s all happening
The lines will be really long now
De Blasio’s having a grand ol’ time these days
Sure beats Manchin not backing any voting rights reform bill
Sen. Joe Manchin is breaking with Democrats and throwing his weight behind a more measured voting rights bill in lieu of the sweeping Democratic voting reform bill that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has labeled a top priority of the caucus.
The Democrat from West Virginia told ABC News exclusively that he intends to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, a more narrowly tailored piece of voting rights legislation that he said he believes could muster bipartisan support even as voting legislation is becoming a flash point between the two parties.
“I believe Democrats and Republicans feel very strongly about protecting the ballot boxes allowing people to protect the right to vote making it accessible making it fair and making it secure and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, if we apply that to all 50 states and territories, it’s something that can be done – it should be done,” Manchin told ABC News’ Rachel Scott. “It could be done bipartisan to start getting confidence back in our system.”
Is that right?
The NRA is dealt a major blow in court
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business.
The case was over whether the NRA should be allowed to incorporate in Texas instead of New York, where the state is suing in an effort to disband the group. Though headquartered in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a nonprofit in New York in 1871 and is incorporated in the state.
Judge Harlin Hale said in a written order that he was dismissing the case because he found the bankruptcy was not filed in good faith.